More woe for Ashley Cole as Jose Mourinho talks up Chelsea defence

More woe for Cole as Mourinho talks up Chelsea defence

Jose Mourinho lauded the defensive resilience of Chelsea after they moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Saturday’s 4-0 defeat of Spurs saw the Blues claim a seventh clean sheet in their last ten league games and extend their advantage over Mourinho’s title-pick Manchester City to nine points, although they have three games in hand.

Full-backs Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta and centre-backs Gary Cahill and John Terry have been Mourinho’s favoured back four since Christmas.

‘We prepare matches, we analyse opponents – you try to find the best balance,’ Mourinho said. ‘I like Ivanovic playing right-back more than as a central defender.

More woe for Cole as Mourinho talks up Chelsea defence

‘I like a lot the stability of Cahill and the understanding of Cahill with John. And at this moment, Azpilicueta is unbeatable.
‘For many, many matches I haven’t seen one player beat Azpilicueta in an individual duel.’
While Mourinho was dishing out the plaudits, Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood was less complimentary about some of his squad and will hope for a reaction against Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday.
‘This is another blow to us,’ he said. ‘We don’t have time to dwell on this now. But I’m gutted.

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